Coral Springs Regional Chamber Award Businesses; Raise Money for Schools at Annual Gala

The Gala Auction and Set Up committee.

By: Sharon Aron Baron

he Coral Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce held their “Night of the Stars” Grand Gala where local businesses were recognized for various achievements and over $7,000 was raised for local schools.

Presented by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital/U18 Sports Medicine, the event was held at the Ft. Lauderdale-Coral Springs Marriott.

Cindy Brief, President and CEO of the Coral Springs Regional Chamber congratulated all of the award winners for their contributions of time and effort to the Chamber and the Northwest Broward community.”

“I am proud that through the efforts of our Gala committee, staff and volunteers that we were able to raise over $7,000 that will be given to our seven local high schools DECA and BPA programs in Coral Springs, Parkland and Coconut Creek,” said Brief.

The Gala featured the presentation of the Small Business Leader Award, won by Kim Kadel, North Broward Sports & Activities Directory and Covered Bridge Award, won by Shirley Klein, The K Company Realty & finally the Coconut Creek awards, namely the Small Business Leader award won by Seth Fellman of Morlin Hospitality Management and the Butterfly Award won by Tracy Lautomne of the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. Additional awards this year included the NEXTgen Young Professional of the Year which was awarded to Ronnie Fairlie of Advisors Mortgage Group & Leandro Figuereo of Performance Title Inc and the President’s award winners, Ron Renzy of Wallberg Renzy PA & Robert Friedman of Kelley Kronenberg. This year, the Chamber honored nonprofit business of the year, Tomorrow’s Rainbow.

The “Food and Wine Showcase” presented samples of culinary delights and desserts from local restaurants such as Tavolino Della Nonna, Bonefish Grill, Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Nothing Bundt Cakes, a multi-course dinner, complimentary wine, live and silent auction prizes, as well as dancing.

At the event, attendees took pictures in the photo booth, had delicious treats and confections at the ice cream bar and a delicious full course dinner. There was also a silent auction and a portrait drawing by sketch artist Robert Korhonen. All of the proceeds raised works to benefit the Chamber’s Education Foundation, P.A.T.H.S  or Providing Assistance to High Schools, which assists DECA and BPA business students from local high schools in Coral Springs and Coconut Creek their progress toward becoming tomorrow’s leaders and future entrepreneurs.  

Additional major sponsors of the gala included Dignity Memorial/Kraeer Funeral Home & Cremation Centers, Al Hendrickson Toyota, First Data, Waste Management, Florida Power & Light, City of Coral Springs, City of Coconut Creek, Broward Health Coral Springs, Seminole Casino Coconut Creek and many more.